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Investigating Developmentalism

Notions of Development in the Social Sphere

Editors: Pathak, Dev Nath, Das, Amiya Kumar (Eds.)

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  • Bridges disciplines across the social sciences to provide a kaleidoscopic view of the social understanding and fascination with development discourse
  • Suggests new ways of considering development by focusing upon popular and widely held beliefs shaped by development and ideas thereof
  • Examines the legitimacy of development claims in the South Asian and Indian context
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Compiling various strands of the dis/enchantment with development discourse in contemporary South Asia, with specific focus on the cases from India, this edited book brings together anthropologists, sociologists, economists, and historians to refresh the understanding of development. It introduces ways of thinking “otherwise” about development discourse and what the contributors term “developmentalism”—the social enchantment with development. The cultural discourse of development in contemporary South Asia manifests not only in the official programs of state agencies, but in cinema, television, and mass media. Dear to various stakeholders—from government leaders and manufacturers to consumers and the electorate—is the axiom of a “development(al) society.” Organized to bridge familiar understandings of development with radical ways of thinking through developmentalism, this book holds value for those engaged in the anthropology and sociology of development, development studies, South Asian studies, as well as for development professionals working for state and non-governmental organizations.


About the authors

Dev Nath Pathak is Assistant Professor of Sociology at South Asian University, New Delhi, India. He is the author of Living and Dying: Meanings in Maithili Folklore (2018), the editor of Another South Asia! (2017), and, most recently, co-editor of Intersections of Contemporary Art, Anthropology and Art History in South Asia: Decoding Visual Worlds (with Sasanka Perera, 2019). 

Amiya Kumar Das teaches sociology at Tezpur University, Assam, India, and is the assistant editor of Explorations: the E-Journal of the Indian Sociological Society. His main research is broadly in the areas of sociology of governance, development sociology and sociology of health and illness.

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“This book examines development as collective dream, theatre, and performance--focusing on the spectacular case of India and "digital India" as the latest development dream instalment. It does so in engaging and deeply probing ways, shedding light on emotional subtexts and undercurrents of developmentalism and modernism, policies and projects, which matter more than is often acknowledged.” (Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Duncan Mellichamp Distinguished Professor Global Studies and Sociology, University of California, USA)

“The drama of development is in full swing – tragedy is seen as comedy, comedy collapses into chaos. But there are streams of creativity showing glimpses of a different future. The authors of this work make an audacious statement about much of that story.” (Manoranjan Mohanty, Distinguished Professor and Editor, Social Change, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India)

“This much-needed book sees developmentalism as a protracted social dream turned nightmare. Working through the real, unreal and hyper-real of developmentalism and the (il)legitimacy of its enchanting implications, the book develops what has remained largely underdeveloped in ‘development studies’ and the ‘anthropology of development’: the cultural studies perspective to developmentalism.” (Anup Dhar, Professor of Philosophy, Ambedkar University Delhi, India)

      



Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook 85,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Investigating Developmentalism
Book Subtitle
Notions of Development in the Social Sphere
Editors
  • Dev Nath Pathak
  • Amiya Kumar Das
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17443-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17443-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17442-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 241
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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